This afternoon Susan and I joined friend and fellow Park Ranger John Nicholas at that park north of us to hear to hear a Ranger talk regarding the colorful career of General Daniel Sickles delivered by Gettysburg Park Ranger Matt Atkinson. I'd heard a lot about Matt, he seems to have a very devoted following and I'm always looking to learn from other Rangers.
Matt did not disappoint.
With his easy going style, good humor, and solid knowledge of his subject, he revealed a great deal about Sickles the man, the politician, and the legend, and provided some new insights that needed to see the light of day.
Before we knew it, the hour had slipped by and the capacity crowd in the theater at the Gettysburg Visitor Center was erupting in thunderous applause.
Matt is, quite simply, one of the best speakers I've encountered in a National Park setting; and I should know as I work with the best of the bunch. If you get a chance this season, be sure to swing by Gettysburg and catch his act. He is altogether an outstanding interpretive Ranger.
Hangin' on to the high ground,